Irish Yew

Irish Yew | Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aureomarginata'

Is it a tree or a shrub? This special Yew has an upright shape (Fastigiata) and the young leaves have a yellow edge (Aureomarginata). Truly a special feature, of which we do not know when it was discovered.

Yews are actually conifers. The Irish yew is widespread in Europe and is very rare, also in the Netherlands. This conifer is found in deciduous forests, hedges, along streams and likes a moist, well-ventilated, moderately nutrient-rich, humus-rich soil. The ancient Greeks thought that the plant had something to do with the gods from the underworld, as they were often found in cemeteries. And the plant is very poisonous! Only the red flesh of the berries is not. Still, the young shoots are used in an anti-cancer drug. The plant is always green and can get very old. The shrub or tree can reach a height of 3 to 15 meters. Very often there is already a branch from the bottom.